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Lung disease research funded

Ontario’s investments in the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute will help improve care for people with respiratory illness and support research that strengthens health care throughout the province.

People who suffer from lung diseases like asthma, cystic fibrosis, and lung cancer will benefit from imaging research that will lead to better, faster diagnosis.

Just recently, the institute recruited Dr. Mitchell Albert, who co-created a specialized MRI machine that helps diagnose chronic respiratory diseases.

Premier Dalton McGuinty toured the institute earlier this month, thanking researchers and staff for their work.

He also highlighted Ontario’s commitment to eliminating the deficit to help grow the economy and create jobs so the province can continue strengthening health care and education—the most important priorities for Ontario families.

“Northerners work hard to create opportunities for young people to study in the north, work in the north, and raise families in the north,” said McGuinty.

“In this tough global economy, it’s up to all of us, as Ontarians working together, to eliminate the deficit by making thoughtful choices—so we can continue creating opportunity for our children and grandchildren,” he added.

The TBRRI’s new cyclotron will provide a new source of isotopes that will improve diagnosis for patients across Northern Ontario.

When the Northern Ontario School of Medicine opened in 2005, it was the first new medical school in Canada in more than 30 years.

It has campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

The number of doctors practising in the North West LHIN increased by 10 percent between 2003 and 2010.

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